Cyclone Fani Batters AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Rips Off Hostel Roof, Exams Cancelled

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03 May 2019


Bhubaneswar: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit here on Friday reported extensive damage hours after the Category 4 Cyclone Fani made landfall on the Odisha coast wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction.

"Extensive damage to structure of AIIMS Bhubaneswar reported. All patients, staff, students safe. Many water tanks have blown off,lighting poles are down, air-conditioners damaged. We have enough supplies, ready to support the state," said Health Secretary Preeti Sudan.

In several videos doing rounds on social media, several showed the impact of the powerful gales and heavy rain after Fani hit around 10 a.m.

The roof of a building at AIIMS Bhubaneswar was seen being ripped off in one such video clip that was tweeted by the government's media department, villages submerged and trees and electricity poles uprooted. 

In the other videos posted by Sitanshu Kar, the Director General of the Press Information Bureau, the roof of an undergraduate hostel in the Bhubaneswar AIIMS was seen being blown off.

Following the widespread destruction, AIIMS Delhi announced that it is cancelling the exam centre in Bhubaneswar, where Post Graduate exam was to be held on Sunday. 

Another exam will be conducted for students affected by this cancellation as soon as normalcy returns, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Secretary Preeti Sudan was quoted as saying by Kar.